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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Here There Be Tygers," what does Charles call the bathroom that leads him to be corrected by his teacher?
(a) The wc.
(b) The basement.
(c) The receptacle.
(d) The banishing place.

2. Who is the inventor of the jaunt?
(a) Vincent Caramore.
(b) Vernon Carmichael.
(c) Vidal Ciccone.
(d) Victor Carune.

3. How many students get together to swim to the raft in the middle of the lake?
(a) Two.
(b) Five.
(c) Seven.
(d) Four.

4. What does Charles encounter in the bathroom?
(a) A bear.
(b) A tiger.
(c) A lion.
(d) A beast.

5. What reasoning does the narrator use for thinking about Maureen from time to time?
(a) He doesn't offer a reason.
(b) He is older and doesn't sleep well.
(c) She was a very attractive woman.
(d) He feels guilt for what happened to her.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what location do David, Billy, and the neighbor travel after the fog rolls in?

2. How does Randy revive LaVerne?

3. What happens when Richard hits the "delete" key?

4. What does Randy do after 24 hours alone?

5. To what does King's friend compare the pay King receives for "Word Processer of the Gods"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Gramma is fat, flabby, blind, and smells funny. She also often wears a sly, frightening appearance. Do you think she plays up her frightening aspects to keep the family in line?

2. In "Paranoid: A Chant," there are several instances in which the narrator is showing how obviously disturbed he is. Give one such example and tell why you think that example fits.

3. What is the significance of the "Execute" button on the word processor, and how does Richard feel when looking at that button for the first time?

4. Homer compares Mrs. Todd to several goddesses. What is the purpose of this comparison?

5. "The Reaper's Image" is perhaps one of the creepiest tales in "Skeleton Crew." What aspect of this story make it particularly appropriate for a King collection?

6. What is the implied source of the infestation in "The Mist"? How does he make this implication? What do you think King is trying to say with this implication?

7. Children are often frightened by elderly relatives. Everything about them seems foreign and frightening. Do you think George's fear of Gramma was instinctual or merely the usual fear a child has of older people?

8. What do you think the story "For Owen" is about?

9. The creator of the teleportation device used in the jaunt first experimented with mice. What is the significance of the first trip taken by the mice?

10. In "The Mist," what do you think is the underlying message the story conveys to the reader? Cite examples from the story.

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